Across the Western Isles a total of 687 enterprises have received £7.3m in Covid-19 grant assistance, the most recent figures show.

But 160 more are waiting for the payouts.  And this is the pattern across Scotland. 

Now the Scottish Conservatives have expressed concern that too many businesses are not receiving the financial support they deserve.

Shadow finance secretary and regional MSP Donald Cameron said: “These figures show progress on getting emergency cash to businesses has stalled across Scotland, with 15,000 still waiting for support.

“This is a major concern because we will not be able to turn the corner and revive the economy after the pandemic if businesses have collapsed in the meantime, despite the fact that our hard-working council workers are doing their very best to get vital cash out to vulnerable businesses.”

Mr Cameron, a Highlands and Islands MSP, added: “Many businesses in my region are suffering from severe cash-flow problems exacerbated by the collapse in visitor numbers which are so important to the Highlands and Islands.

“We simply need to see greater urgency in helping them get through this.”

The number of firms whose applications haven’t been approved has now remained steady for two weeks, despite a significant slowing in those applying.

Statistics released yesterday (Thursday June 4) revealed 15,217 were still waiting for the much-needed support.

Below is the number of grants which have been approved by council area:

Applications Received and Grants Awarded as at 2nd June 2020

       

Local Authority

Applications Received

Number of Grants Awarded

Value of Grants Awarded (£m)

Aberdeen City

2,092

1,722

£21.37

Aberdeenshire

3,794

3,287

£37.22

Angus

2,077

1,700

£18.42

Argyll and Bute

3,236

2,759

£29.42

Clackmannanshire 

693

566

£6.19

City of Edinburgh

7,186

6,499

£83.82

Dumfries and Galloway

4,047

3,437

£36.09

Dundee City

2,370

1,990

£22.75

East Ayrshire

1,965

1,621

£17.66

East Dunbartonshire

1,126

976

£10.97

East Lothian 

1,453

1,328

£15.11

East Renfrewshire

826

695

£8.21

Falkirk

2,242

1,887

£21.22

Fife 

4,948

4,104

£46.29

Glasgow City 

9,757

7,422

£88.21

Highland 

6,317

5,510

£60.00

Inverclyde 

994

781

£8.61

Midlothian 

968

864

£10.16

Moray

1,710

1,471

£16.10

Na h-Eileanan Siar 

847

687

£7.30

North Ayrshire 

2,270

1,943

£21.11

North Lanarkshire

3,945

3,081

£33.43

Orkney Islands 

733

545

£5.94

Perth & Kinross

3,849

2,969

£32.51

Renfrewshire 

2,670

2,023

£22.90

Scottish Borders 

3,061

2,271

£24.77

Shetland Islands 

734

651

£7.20

South Ayrshire 

2,114

1,714

£19.51

South Lanarkshire

3,762

3,179

£35.77

Stirling 

2,327

1,850

£21.31

West Dunbartonshire

1,329

1,071

£12.06

West Lothian

2,397

2,019

£22.94

Total

87,839

72,622

£824.54